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H&V To Expand Virginia Plant, Add 17 Jobs

Hollingsworth & Vose Co. (H&V) — an East Walpole, Mass.-based provider of filter media, battery separator materials and industrial nonwovens — will invest $6.1 million to expand manufacturing capacity at its Floyd, Va., plant, and add 17 jobs.

H&V will add production capability for Technostat® and Technostat Plus electrostatic air filter media used in applications including respirators; vacuum cleaners; automotive cabin air filters; medical equipment filters; and residential and industrial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. H&V currently manufactures Technostat and Technostat Plus filter media only in Europe.

"We are very pleased to continue to grow and invest in Floyd, Virginia," said H&V President and CEO Val Hollingsworth. "H&V has been operating there for nearly 40 years. We are fortunate to have a lot of great people and we appreciate the support from Floyd County and the State of Virginia."

"This strategic expansion of our Floyd site will provide capacity to support the increasing demand in North America for high performance synthetic filter media," said Mike Clark, division president, High Efficiency and Specialty Filtration. "This state-of-the-art production line will produce H&V's patented Technostat electret filter media, which provides high-efficiency filtration with very low pressure drop."

The Floyd site competed with H&V's Hawkinsville, Ga., and West Groton, Mass., plants for the project. H&V has manufacturing sites and research centers in the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

The new production line is expected to come online by the fourth quarter of 2014.

November 19, 2013